Swans make a point

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup speaking at the post match conference. Picture: Bill Carne.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup speaking at the post match conference. Picture: Bill Carne.

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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup was pleased with his teams’ superb second-half fightback to salvage a point when all looked lost at 2-0 down at half time against Reading at the Liberty Stadium.

The Royals stunned the Swans with goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt with their only shots of the first period.

But a brilliant second-half display saw the Swans mount a spirited comeback.

Luke Moore replaced Danny Graham up front and within a minute of the restart the substitute should have scored, bursting through on goal as outstanding Royals’ keeper Alex McCarthy denied Moore, saving with his boot.

Nineteen minutes from time and Michu pulled a goal back with a close range diving header, the scoring opportunity was created by Wayne Routledge’s deflected cross from the right.

Then Routledge played a clever one-two with Moore and lashed home from inside the box for a brilliant equaliser. This result ended the Swans’ three defeats on the bounce “It was key issue before the game,” said Laudrup.

“We are now six games without a clean sheet and that is a problem for us.

“I am pleased we showed tremendous character to get back in the match. But we need to show more self-belief in our ability. We passed and moved well and created plenty of chances, but got hit with two soft goals.

“At the moment the opposition doesn’t need too many chances to score against us.”

Despite surrendering a two-goal cushion, Reading boss Brian McDermott said: “This is a point gained for us. Swansea played well in the second half and we were just waiting for something to happen.

“Our keeper has made some stunning saves and really kept us in the game.”

Before kick-off Leon Britton was presented with a special award from Laudrup, to mark his 400th appearance for the Swans. The midfielder revealed that he was touched by the standing ovation he received.

“It was nice to have that before the game,” he said.

“The fans are brilliant and I’m just gutted we didn’t get the three points for them in the end because they stuck with us all afternoon.”

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